Paul Penders is a small manufacturer of natural herbal cosmetics looking for help in combating the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Here is what Paul says:

“We have made our products for some 40 years, starting in Europe, later moving to the United States and currently located in Langkawi Island, a rainforest in Malaysia. Our products are made in a GMP licensed factory and we sell them to exclusive distributors in some 15 countries including Japan, Korea, Australia, Asia and partly in Europe. The products are inspected by Nicnas in Australia and we have official import licenses from Japan and Korea and we work through the European system.

We have a very serious problem with The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the EWG Skin Deep database, because a few of our products are classified at Skin Deep as hazardous; containing ingredients that according to Skin Deep may cause cancer, and what more terrible diseases. We are very upset about this because for over 40 years, Paul Penders have been truly committed to the best possible natural cosmetic products using the most safe ingredients.

The Skin Deep rating system hurts our business because several of our customers in Japan, Europe and the US called our distributor, and questioned our integrity based on the false information that is spread by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Their rating system is not only scientifically unproven, it hurts our company with unproven information that scares our consumers.

Actually several years ago we supported the work of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and we became a proud signer, but at that time they didn’t use that ridiculous rating system, also known as the Skin Deep database.

We have demanded to no longer be a signer. We also have demanded them to take our products off the Skin Deep database because it brings damage to the good reputation and all our hard work we have been doing in the cosmetic industry for decades. However, for two times, they have declined to take off our products. Now we will take legal action against The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics because of loss of our good name and loss of revenues as a result. We now also believe that their motives were not as noble as they have been telling.

We look for other companies interested to start a class action in order to take The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to court and demand to stop their false information and look for financial reprieve for the damage brought to the good name we have, and other honest companies in the cosmetic industry.”


Robert Tisserand has been instrumental in bringing widespread professional and public recognition to aromatherapy. During his 15 years as a massage therapist, he wrote one of the first books on aromatherapy in 1977. The Art of Aromatherapy is now published in twelve languages. In 1974 he established The Aromatic Oil Company (a predecessor of Tisserand Aromatherapy) and in 1988 he founded The Tisserand Institute, setting new standards for vocational aromatherapy education. Also in 1988, he launched The International Journal of Aromatherapy, which he published and edited for 12 years. In the 1990s, Robert orchestrated three international AROMA conferences at British Universities, each attracting some 300 attendees. Robert tracks all the published research relevant to essential oils and collaborates with doctors, herbalists and pharmacologists, integrating scientific data with traditional medicine and holistic principles. He is familiar with the foundations of oriental medicine, and Western herbal and naturopathic traditions, with their emphasis on cleansing, protecting, strengthening immune function and aiding natural healing processes. Robert also has 40 years of experience in essential oil blending and aromatherapy product development, and has an expert knowledge of essential oil safety. Robert is on the International Advisory Board of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, and is a member of the Natural Perfumers Guild. In recognition of his pioneering work, he has been awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership of the International Federation of Aromatherapists, the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists, and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists. He was privileged to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AIA in Denver in 2007, and is the current chair of the AIA Research Committee. Books: The Art of Aromatherapy (1977), Aromatherapy for Everyone (1987), Essential Oil Safety (1995) co-author. Books chapters: “Essential Oils as Psychotherapeutic Agents”. In: Perfumery: The Psychology and Biology of Fragrance (1988). Books edited: Gattefossé’s Aromatherapy (1993), The Practice of Aromatherapy, Dr Jean Valnet (1982)

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